Posted on 02/12/2011
Sir Ivor Crewe will be visiting Royal Holloway, University of London next week for a special seminar on domestic policy blunders in Britain over the last 30 years.
During the talk on Tuesday (6 December), Sir Ivor, Master of University College, Oxford, will discuss political policy fiascos such as the Poll Tax, the Child Support Agency, tax credits and various government-initiated IT projects.
The Department of Politics and International Relations departmental seminar is part of a weekly series at which internal and external speakers present original research or discuss significant current affairs.
Sir Ivor’s talk will present findings from an ESRC-funded project that he is currently undertaking which explores the causes and consequences of recent policy and administrative failures in British government, and the lessons that can be learned with a view to improving future governmental performance. The talk will then be following by questions and answers.
Before taking up his current post at Oxford, Sir Ivor was Vice Chancellor at the University of Essex, and he has also served as the President of Universities UK. One of Britain’s leading political scientists, his work has explored many aspects of British and American politics, with a particular focus on elections, parties and public opinion. His books include Party Identification and Beyond, Decade of Dealignment and SDP: The Birth, Life and Death of the Social Democratic Party.
The seminar, which is entitled Why are we so badly governed? Domestic policy blunders in the UK 1980-2010, will be held in the Main Lecture Theatre, from 5.15pm to 6.30pm.